IAQA Technical Director

I have some exciting news to share.  I have just been appointed as the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Technical Director.  This is a brand new position that was created by the association’s Board of Directors to coordinate the technical committees and contribute to publications, among other activities.  The most important responsibility of this new position is to oversee the launching of IAQA University.

The IAQA University will have classes for everyone: those wanting to learn a little about indoor air quality all the way up to industry professionals seeking continuing education credits.  Classes will predominately be online, but it is anticipated they will also be taught through the IAQA local chapters and perhaps as a pre-conference program before the annual meeting.

The IAQA University will go live in early summer.  It will initially be seeded with 50 short classes one-hour in length on a wide range of topics.  These classes will be at the  “100-level,” with future plans to expand the breadth and depth of offerings.  As time goes on, more 100 level classes will be added as well as 200 and 300 level classes.  I will be contributing a lot of content, but subject matter experts will also be tapped for higher level classes.

So what’s going to happen to this blog?  I will serving as Technical Director with half of my time.  In the other half I will still contribute to this blog, consult in the Chicagoland area, and educate the world about indoor air quality.  My blog posts may come out less frequently, but I’m committed to sharing great information with my readers.

Top 5 IAQ Books for your Library

Behind every great indoor air nerd is a great technical library.  No matter how much one tries to memorize, it’s impossible to recall all the facts and figures required of professionals in this field.  A good library is not a recommendation… it is a must!

In the United States a typical industrial company will spend about 3.5% of revenues on research and development.  What percent are you spending on personal development and research?  The field of indoor air quality is way too complex for professionals to brush off the importance of this investment.  I recommend a minimum of 1% of your company’s revenue should be put into purchasing references and educational material.

Once you commit to building a library, you’ll need to decide which books and standards to start purchasing.  For some general guidance, here is a link to the Indoor Sciences IAQ Library.

What are your top 5 favorite IAQ references?  Please publish your list in the comments section below.  To get the conversation going, here is my top 5 list: Continue reading